Real World Gardener natural Cleaning in The Good Earth

February 2nd, 2017


REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at  and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.


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Natural Cleaning in the Home


A lot of gardeners like to go organic because it’s good for the environment, safe for beneficial insects and it’s also good for our health because we’re not eating pesticide residue.

But what about inside the house?

We’re still cleaning with toxic chemicals whose manufacturer’s instructions tell us to wear face masks and gloves.

Some of these chemicals are so harsh that their smell is enough to make one feel sick.


Not only that, the whole production process uses derivatives from oil or from mined sources.

Let’s find out about what else you can use to clean your house.

I'm talking with Margaret Mossakowska, President of Permaculture North.

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Switching to natural cleaning options is an important part of creating a natural home. Natural cleaning options can save time, money, and reduce chemical exposure.

The best tip is bicarb soda and vinegar to clean most things.

Vinerage is a mild bleach and can be used to clean the kitchen bench top, bathroom surfaces and even the toilet.

To clean your oven just mix a little water with bicarbonate of soda and place on the grease spots.

Wait a few minutes, then spray with vinegar.

This will foam up and lift off the grease.


You can use normal white vinegar.

There’s also citrus infused vinegar.

All you do is fill a jar with (organic) citrus peels and pour undiluted white vinegar over them. Leave for a few days (up to 2 weeks) and strain out the vinegar to use as a natural cleaner. It works as a window cleaner (dilute with water), for mopping floors, or for disinfecting surfaces.

Isn’t that what people used to do in the olden days?

Funny how some things come around to again.

If you have any questions about the right tool for the right job, drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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